Directed by Frank Henenlotter
Produced by R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn
So, the Night Birds were a terrific horror-movie-and surf-music-influenced punk band from New Jersey, and they had a song called – perhaps unsurprisingly, given the subject of this post – “Bad Biology,” which I eventually found out was based on an actual independent film … because I was looking into the background stories of some underground rappers, one of whom was R.A. The Rugged Man, who cowrote and produced said flick … with director Frank Henenlotter, noted maverick filmmaker of, among other triumphs, Frankenhooker. With that recipe for success as the introduction, it probably shouldn’t surprise you to find out that I greatly enjoyed this picture, which also features a number of other underground rappers and some adult-entertainment personalities alongside its amateur and semipro cast. It’s crass, vulgar, violent, bloody, and very, very amusing, especially when the dialogue sounds like a table rehearsal, or when it’s the word-salad lingo spouted by J-Zone’s drug dealer character. The plot, such as it is, concerns a sentient, drug-addicted (detachable) penis and a woman with uncontrollable urges. But believe it or not, it’s really all about the search for deeper fulfillment. (Read that however you want.)
Why Did I Watch This Movie?
Given what I related above, it was mandatory. It’s also been mentioned a time or two within The Devil’s DVD Bin.
Should You Watch This Movie?
It would make a pretty good double feature paired with X.
Highlight And Low Point
The Night Birds disbanded but I’ll keep plugging them, especially The Other Side of Darkness (earlier stuff) and Mutiny at Muscle Beach (their pinnacle). I think the neck-snap boom-bap collabos by Snowgoons led me here; they’ve featured both Thorburn and Reef The Lost Cauze (who appears in the picture).
2 thoughts on “Bad Biology (2008)”
I haven’t seen this in so long. I’m glad you liked it! I got super into Rugged Man because of his ties to Henenlotter. I’m gonna have to dive into the Night Birds.
I gotta say, I think this movie mainly succeeds because of Henenlotter’s touch. But the overall tone of gleeful insanity is usually a hit with me.